The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Oklahoma star Landry Jones with the 18th pick of the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday, the 115th pick overall and the It’s the highest the club has taken a quarterback since using the 11th overall pick on Roethlisberger nine years ago.
“I just think it was time to start grooming a new player, freshen up the room if you will,” quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner said.
Jones smashed every significant passing record during his four years at Oklahoma, throwing for 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns while starting 50 of 52 games.
Colbert allowed there’s a chance Jones “will never play” for Pittsburgh but didn’t want to let an opportunity to bring one of the most accomplished passers in NCAA history into the fold slip away.
“When you have a franchise QB like we do, you don’t get a lot of opportunities to add a young quarterback into the mix,” Colbert said. “It’s a critical position. You better keep adding young folks to that spot.”
The 24-year-old Jones said he had no contact with the Steelers until his phone rang Saturday afternoon. He considers himself a future NFL starter but has no issues coming in and learning the league behind a two-time Super Bowl winner.
“On every single team there’s going to be a quarterback that has your job,” Jones said. “You’re going to go in there, you’re going to be respectful and do all these things and compete as hard as you can.”
Wide receiver Kenny Stills, one of Jones’ targets at OU, went to New Orleans in the fifth round.
OSU’s Randle taken
by Dallas in fifth
Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 18th pick of the fifth round. He was the 151st overall pick in the draft. He will join former OSU Cowboys Dez Bryant and Dan Bailey in Dallas.
Randle was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 performer, earning the honor in both 2011 and 2012, and was a key figure in the Cowboys having one of the most feared offenses in America both seasons. With Randle starting at running back, the Cowboys were the only team in the nation to average more than seven yards per play in each of the past two seasons.
A semifinalist for the 2012 Doak Walker Award presented to the nation’s top running back, Randle finished his career eighth in OSU history in career rushing yards with 3,085, fourth in career rushing touchdowns (40) and 10th in career scoring with 258 points. That point total is fourth all-time among OSU running backs.
“We’re happy that Joseph is getting the chance to live his dream by playing in the NFL and we’re excited about what the future holds for him,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “He was a very productive player on our team and now he has the opportunity to continue the NFL running back tradition that we have established here at Oklahoma State over a number of years.”
Randle is the latest running back to come from the same Oklahoma State program that produced NFL Hall of Famers Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas and current San Francisco 49ers back Kendall Hunter, among numerous others.